Keiser Report: Art Market Melt-Up (E525)

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the melt up in the art market as the very wealth scramble for safe havens from the taxpayers angry at the billions in free money they’ve been given. They also discuss financial irrigation, amputated gold and a special mince meat pie and Jamie stew for Christmas. In the second half, Max interviews Jim Rickards, author of Currency Wars, about central bank vaporware, straws in the dollar wind and about how Janet Yellen is to Ben Bernanke as Miley Cyrus is to Lady Gaga – trashier than the original.

Bloomberg on Banksy: ‘It is not my definition of art’

Bloomberg on Banksy: ‘It is not my definition of art’

Banksy is more than halfway through his monthlong New York City residency, with installations and graffiti by the elusive British street artist popping up throughout the city. And Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not exactly thrilled.
“I’ll leave it up to our Department of Cultural Affairs,” Bloomberg told reporters on Wednesday when asked what he thought about Banksy’s work. “But look, graffiti does ruin people’s property and it’s a sign of decay and loss of control.”
But is it art?
“Art is art, and nobody’s a bigger supporter of the arts than I am,” Bloomberg continued. “I just think there are some places for art and there are some places [not for] art. And you running up to somebody’s property or public property and defacing it is not my definition of art.”
Earlier this week, a stencil of the World Trade Center’s twin towers, with a burnt flower emerging from one of the buildings, appeared in Tribeca. The day before, a stencil figure washing a spray-painted quote from the movie “Gladiator” appeared on a wall in the Woodside section of Queens.

“It may be art, but it should not be permitted,” Bloomberg said of the graffiti. “And I think that’s exactly what the law says.”
“GET BANKSY!” The New York Post declared on its Thursday cover.
Of course, the law is not stopping Banksy.

Using Art As Protest – WeAreChange talks to the Artist Taxi Driver

Luke Rudkowski talks to Mark McGowan, the Artist Taxi Driver about the various projects he has done over the years. Mark begins with a story about a trip to America where he crawled through the streets of NYC on President’s Day with a George W Bush mask on and a sign that read “Kick My Ass.” Mark discuss his views on using art and direct action instead of protesting as a way to make people think.